Water marbling nail art with O.P.I. polishes and tips and pointers

Water marbling nail art with O.P.I. polishes and tips and pointers
I've been watching YouTube videos of water marbling for a while and wanted all those crazy swirls, petals and waves on my nails, too. Below are pictures of my first two attempts. I think there has been visible improvement! I keep getting air bubbles but the good news is that they are fewer than the ones I got in my first attempt. Also, I shouldn't have burst the air bubbles.
I used O.P.I. Jade is the New Black as the base colour, and O.P.I. Purple With A Purpose and O.P.I. Alpine Snow for the watermarbling. I was brave enough to wear this mani on my birthday. 

 Here are some pointers for reasonably successful watermarbling:



Water marbling nail art with O.P.I. polishes and tips and pointers
Second attempt - see where I burst the air bubbles
Stick to two or three colours at the most. You can use up even gloopy polishes. Work fast, before the polish layer dries up. Gently put the tip of the brush into the water surface and let the polish spread, rather than drop the polish - it'll sink! Always cover your fingers with plenty of tape so that polish doesn't go all over the place. I spent ages cleaning up my floor and sheet. To get petals/swirls/waves/patterns, take a pointed object - anything from a hairpin to an orange stick and gently skim over the polish surface so that designs are formed. Then dip your nail fully into the water (along the design area). Beware of air bubbles. This takes practice. My first attempt only had air bubbles, the third attempt had just two. Change the water after every two nails. Scroll down to the bottom to see what happens if you don't! Good luck! Do share your attempts!
First attempt. Still yuck.

O.P.I. Purple With A Purpose and Jade Is The New Black - change the water after every two nails; otherwise this happens.
  1. That is so nice I will have to do that xxx

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  2. Wow! You sure do have patience girl (: I suck at nail art lol.. Love the final one.. Pretty neat!
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  3. I tried this, and failed miserably! Maybe i'll try this again but also felt like I was wasting loads of product. Maybe I'll try a cheaper polish to practice so I feel less guilty. These are pretty!

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  4. Oh that's pretty! Especially love the purple and green combo! :) I've tried water marbling before and I just made a mess - I give up but you are making me want to try one more time! :P

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  5. @Becki: Actually you need half a drop per colour for a circle, and one coat in all, which comes around to less polish overall than if you did regular 2-3 coat painting. Someone should work on the scientific figures for this! Lol do try it out - it gives great satisfaction to finally see those petals on the nails. And share your results!

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  6. Oh My Ghosh....you are amazing....the patterns are so beautiful....will definitely try them out.thanks for sharing

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  7. Wow.. you have created it beautifully .:)

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  8. The third attempt is mind blowing! Beautiful:)It takes time but is so worth it<3

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  10. The last ones does look really good. Marble art is hard, Ive tried before.. I really like yours though.

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  11. Awesome I have tried it once but somehow couldn't reach the goal :p

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  12. This worked really well, i always wondered how to do this! Defiantly will try this one out!
    Alana x

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  13. Gorgeous nail art! I love the green and purple one!

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